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Aspyr Cancels Men of Valor
10:19 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media this morning announced that they have cancelled the Vietnam-inspired first person shooter, 2015's Men of Valor. Aspyr said the decision was made "to remove the title from Aspyr's calendar as a result of several different factors and much deliberation." Aspyr went on to say that the company "remains dedicated tocontinuing to bring high-quality games to Mac users and apologizes for the change of plans."

Men of Valor for the Mac was announced back in October of 2004 and reached First Playable in early December. Ryan Gordon, who ported Unreal Tournament and Postal 2 to the Mac, was working on the Men of Valor port before its cancellation.

As a result of the cancellation, all existing pre-order made through the IMG Store will be deleted.

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Men of Valor

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.3.8 Update
2:05 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple has released the latest updated for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. According to Apple, the10.3.8 Update delivers improved compatibility and reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther" and is recommended for all users.

Key updates included in 10.3.8 are as follows:

• improved OpenGL technology and updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
• improved file sharing and directory services for mixed Mac and PC networks
• improved compatibility for third party applications and devices
• previous standalone security updates
At press time the update was not available via download, but not Software Update. A link to the download version is available below.

Update:The 10.3.8 update is now available via Software Update.

Apple Downloads: Mac OS X 10.3.8 Update

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IMG Previews C & C: Generals: Zero Hour
10:01 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a hands-on preview of <>B>Command & Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour, the upcoming expansion pack for the popular real-time strategy game. The new expansion pack, due later this month, features 30 new units, 15 single player levels and much more.

Here's a clip from the preview:

Command & Conquer Generals is already a massive real-time strategy (RTS) game, but Zero Hour will take things to the next level. Zero Hour is all about upgrades, giving players a host of new strategic options. There are new tanks, troops, bombs, technologies and even "lasers". That's right, I said, "lasers". There will be plenty of things for players to blow up and enjoy.
To check out the preview, including QuickTime movies and screenshots of the game, follow the link below to the preview.

IMG Preview: Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour
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Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour
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Close Combat: First to Fight Q&A
9:22 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The PR machine is up and running, and as Close Combat: First to Fight moves closer to release, more coverage seems to pop up. The latest comes from PC Game News, which has conducted an interview with PR and Community Manager Steven Charbonneau.

As covered in previous articles, Close Combat centers around a 4-man fire team of Marines, and aims to simulate the accuracy of such a team's movement and reactions as closely as possible. While each team member's role will be unique, a variety of weapons will be made available for players:

You will have access to the M16-A4 with an M203 grenade launcher, the M249 SAW, M1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol, M-40A3 Sniper rifle, AN-M8 HC Smoke Grenade, M-67 Fragmentation Grenades, as well as the AK74, RPK-74, and Dragunov SVD Sniper rifle.
In addition, players will have access to support, such as mortars, tanks, and gunships when the situation allows. Other topics discussed in the interview include camera angles, attack coordination, and ways a player can fail, including the shooting of surrendered enemies and civilians.

In other news, a movie of Close Combat in action can be found at FileShack. About a minute in length, the movie is sized at 4.44MB and shows off some of the gameplay of this title.

Close Combat: First to Fight is currently scheduled for a March release.

PC Game News - Coordinate the Best Team and Lead Your Soldiers to Victory in “Close Combat: First to Fight”
FileShack - Close Combat: First to Fight - Combined Arms Movie
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Project Torland Brings Halo to UT
9:22 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Project Torlan has recently released version 1.75 of their HaloUT pack. A Total Conversion mod, HaloUT's aim is to replicate as much content from the original Halo as possible for use on the Unreal Tournament 2004 engine, including maps, vehicles, characters, and so forth.

We believe (and we're not pointing any fingers) that HaloPC was not as good a port of the original Xbox title as it could've been. Unreal's engine provides vastly superior graphics performance, visual quality, gameplay variety, modding capabilities, and most importantly, better net code. We believe that the same classic Halo played in the Unreal engine will make for a better experience overall. And so far, this has proven true.
The latest pack includes new vehicles, models, voicepacks, and a host of bug fixes. Those interested in trying it out have a number of download options from the Project Torlan page, including direct downloads and bittorrents.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, February 8, 2005

IMG Store: Pre-Order Command & Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour12:01 PM
IMG Reviews Tournament Poker11:43 AM
Airburst Extreme Music Now On CD9:36 AM
OS X Skyfighters 1945 Updated8:15 AM
New UT 2004 Patch in the Works8:14 AM
Torque Engine Adds Flash Support8:14 AM
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